On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, HSPI hosted Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, the Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and senior staff of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives for a roundtable discussion on pending cybersecurity legislation.
On Thursday, November 10, 2011, HSPI hosted a Policy and Research Forum featuring John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Administrator Pistole discussed risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism efforts, highlighting the layered security approach empowered by advances in TSA technology over the last decade.
HSPI Policy and Research Forum Series Event - The Hybrid Threat: Crime, Terrorism and Insurgency in Mexico
On October 20, 2011, HSPI and the US Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership hosted a joint Policy and Research Forum event featuring leading subject matter experts who addressed the security challenges posed by drug trafficking organizations, and the strategic and doctrinal responses needed to address an evolving and multifaceted threat to the U.S. and Mexico alike.
HSPI Policy and Research Forum Series Event - A National Conversation on the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward: The Secretaries' Perspective
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, HSPI hosted the Hon. Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Hon. Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security in a conversation moderated by former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.
"Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: An Overview of the Legal Landscape and Policy Responses"
On Thursday, September 26th, 2013, HSPI and Convington released "Economic Espionage and Trade Secret Theft: An Overview of the Legal Landscape and Policy Responses."
"Concern about cyberespionage and intellectual property (IP) theft, particularly trade secrets, has intensified—and with good reason. While these threats are not new, rapid technological advances resulting in greater connectivity and data storage and more globalized supply chains have increased the opportunity?and potentially the payoff?to breach corporate networks and acquire sensitive corporate data. In short, the same technologies responsible for accelerating global growth are also being used to steal proprietary information and harm economies."
"These threats strike directly at the core value of many businesses and a core vulnerability. Trade secrets comprise an average of two-thirds of the value of firms’ information portfolios, and that percentage rises to 70 to 80% for knowledge-intensive industries, such as manufacturing, information services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. This value, however, can be tenuous; once a trade secret is made public or obtained by a competitor, its value may be substantially or entirely lost—a loss that may not be recoverable."
On Tuesday, September 18th, 2013, HSPI released "Understanding the Threat to the Homeland from AQAP" after our Director, Frank J. Cilluffo, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.
"Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. The decision to step back and take a hard look at al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) at a time when all eyes are fixed on Syria is a prudent one. It is far too easy to lose sight of key pieces of the big picture when the heat of a particular crisis draws our focus.
Yet to do so would be a real mistake. Notwithstanding the importance of Syria as a threat to (U.S.) national, regional, and international security—and as a situation that terrorists may seek to exploit, there is a broader range of forces and factors that pose serious and ongoing threats to the United States. One critical example is the terrorist group AQAP which is currently the al Qaeda affiliate that poses the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland."
On August, 2013, the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (FRS) published "Foreign Fighters in Syria: Still Doing Battle, Still a Multidimensional Danger." This journal article is authored by Sharon L. Cardash, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Jean-Luc Marret.
"Syria is the new hub for foreign fighters who are gaining battlefield experience. A subset of these fighters falls within the jihadist-terrorist camp. These individuals may return to their home country and target it, using their newfound skill and their native knowledge. To address this threat a multidimensional, transnational response is needed. Foreign fighter counterstrategy should be incorporated into a broader action plan to combat violent Islamist extremism and the ideology that supports and sustains it."
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